A true innovator, printmaker Peter Gentenaar makes his own paper, and eventually designed a different kind of beater to mix the pulp, because he could not get the effects he desired with tools and materials that were on the market.
Today Gentenaar uses thin ribs of bamboo to reinforce paper sculptures. As he explains it, “The paper shrinks considerably, up to 40%, and the force of this puts the non-shrinking bamboo framework under stress, just as a leaf when it drys.” Fascinating. The sculptures start as 2 dimensional sheets of pulp. They take on their shape when the pulp dries and shrinks around the bamboo.